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press release

Rhineland cycling region is growing: Düsseldorf and Mettmann district are now there

Press photo with representatives of the Rhineland cycling region, the city of Düsseldorf and the Mettmann district
© Visit Düsseldorf

Pleasing expansion of junction signage to more than 3.500 kilometers of cycle path and over 600 junctions

The state capital Düsseldorf and the Mettmann district are now members of the Rhineland cycling region. With 91 nodes in the Düsseldorf city area, the overall network of the Rhineland cycling region is expanding by around 430 kilometers. The Mettmann district is currently planning its junction routing with 144 junctions and around 500 kilometers.

"We are pleased to welcome two further partners to our active network: the state capital of Düsseldorf and the Mettmann district. It has been shown that an efficient and therefore uniform supra-regional cycling network can only be implemented and develop its benefits for residents and guests if "If the key players work closely together across regions. Cyclists should be able to rely on a highly attractive, safe and uniform overall system when they cycle in our region," emphasizes Klaus Harzendorf, Chairman of the Radregion Rheinland eV. "We are working on that in our network and for the qualitative and quantitative further development of cycle paths and cycle service offerings to be seen as an important component of economic and location development."

"Düsseldorf has set itself the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2035. Cycling as a climate-neutral mobility solution plays a major role for us. In addition to climate protection, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly concepts also help to make our city more attractive for residents and guests and improve the quality of stay to increase," explains Katharina Metzker, head of the traffic management office of the state capital Düsseldorf. "By introducing the tried-and-tested, city-wide junction signposting based on the Dutch model, and by joining the Rhineland cycling region, we would like to make our city and its sights more attractive for cycle tourism and promote it. Membership also strengthens cooperation with neighboring municipalities and "This means the expansion of regional cycling connections. In this way, we not only promote leisure cycling, but also commuter traffic by bicycle, which also benefits from the connections to neighboring regions," she explains.

"The Radregion Rheinland association is an important player in promoting cycling and creating sustainable mobility in the Rhineland. Offering a mobility mix in a region like the Mettmann district is of great importance because of the desire to cover distances by bike is growing both in everyday life and in leisure time. We are looking forward to working together in the network of the Rhineland cycling region, as professional know-how has already been built up here from which we can benefit and at the same time close a gap in the region's overall cycling network with our developing bicycle offerings “, explains Philipp Gilbert, district director of the Mettmann district.

In the Düsseldorf city area, the installation of the junctions, including signposting, is already half complete. In the city districts 1 (Altstadt, Carlstadt, Stadtmitte, Pempelfort, Derendorf, Golzheim), 2 (Flingern, Düsseltal), 3 (Oberbilk, Unterbilk, Bilk, Friedrichstadt, Hafen, Hamm, Flehe, Volmerswerth), 9 (Wersten, Himmelgeist, Itter, Holthausen, Reisholz, Hassels, Benrath, Urdenbach) and 10 (Garath, Hellerhof) are already hanging. In district 4 (Oberkassel, Niederkassel, Lörick, Heerdt) the installation of the signage is expected to be completed by the end of March. The remaining city districts will also be equipped with junction signage this summer. Afterwards, overview boards are installed at each junction.

Over the next 1 to 2 years, a junction network will be created in the Mettmann district with a total length of around 500 kilometers and probably 144 junctions, which will be equipped with information boards. At the same time, sign deficiencies will be rectified and almost 1.400 arrow signposts, 700 table signposts and 1.200 intermediate signposts will be replaced or completely reinstalled.

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The Radregion Rheinland eV is an association of districts and independent cities in the region around Cologne and Düsseldorf with the common goal of making cycling attractive for residents, those seeking local recreation and guests in the Rhineland. The Radregion Rheinland eV initiates, coordinates and communicates pan-regional cycling offers, such as themed routes, the junction system and digital applications. The various players from city administrations, tourism organizations, associations and service providers work closely together and exchange ideas in regular working groups in order to raise the profile of the topic of "bicycles". The association also takes care of the further development of the quality strategy for cycling infrastructure and bike services across municipal boundaries. Overall, the associated activities in networking and internal marketing aim to promote cycling in the region and to sensitize partners to sustainable quality assurance. Further information and an image video can be found at www.radregionrheinland.de.

Cycling by Numbers – This is how it works!
The honeycomb junction signage in the Rhineland cycling region complements the existing cycle network, which is uniformly signposted throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. If sections of this honeycomb system intersect, there is a node there. The number of the junction is clearly visible above the well-known signage, which also shows the local and long-distance destinations with kilometer information.

Inserts below the signposts show the direction and number of the nearest junctions. At each junction there is an information board with a large overview map showing which route takes you to the next junction.

Thanks to the more than 600 hubs in the Rhineland cycling region, cycling tours can be planned and designed very easily, even without local knowledge and across the region. All junctions are included in the tour planner, where you can develop your own routes. Cyclists note the junction numbers of the route they want to cycle and follow the corresponding signs. The advantage is that you can keep your cell phone in your pocket because the signage allows you to reach your destination through the region even offline.

A video on this topic will be published on YouTube early next week at: www.youtube.com/stadtduesseldorf.

Press contacts of the partners

Press spokeswoman for the Mettmann district
Telephone 02104-991074
E-mail: presse@kreis-mettmann.de

Mirca Litto
Managing Director Radregion Rheinland eV
Telephone 02234-9813061
E-mail: m.litto@radregionrheinland.de


Contact: Paulat, Volker
presse@duesseldorf.de, telephone +49.211.89-93131